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Cocona Fruit Health Benefits

Cocona is a tropical shrub belonging to the Solanaceae family; the fruit of cocona is a red, orange or yellow edible berry.

 

Cocona is prized for its valuable medicinal properties which include migraine relief; in traditional medicine, it is used as anti-diabetic, anti-venom, scabicide, hypertension, it has also been used as a useful scabicide and for treating burns.

 

The flesh has a mild flavour faintly suggestive of tomato, while the pulp has a pleasant, lime-like acidity.

 

The fruits are much eaten by the Indians and commonly marketed throughout the producing areas of Latin America.

 

In Colombia and Brazil, the cocona is a domestic product, in Peru it is the basis of an industry.

 

Cultivation is being encouraged by Gerber’s Baby Foods and farmers are guaranteed a good price.

 

Canned juice is being exported to Europe. The ripe fruit is peeled and eaten out-of-hand by South American Indians.

 

More sophisticated people use the fruit in salads; cook it with fish and also in meat stews.

 

Sweetened, it is used to make sauce and pie-filling. It is prized for making jam, marmalade, paste, and jelly, and is sometimes pickled or candied.

 

It has high water content and is quite useful for preparing juices; it is also very rich in iron and vitamin B5.

 

In order to prevent the deterioration process, the fruit should be frozen.

 

The cocona is a solanum (solanum sessiliflorum) member of the rich genus that includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants and more.

 

Its skin is firm, much firmer than a tomato. Its flesh though is yellowish, filled with seed sections reminiscent of its much more popular cousin.

 

It tastes pleasantly tart and very fruity, making it a good complement to many other foods.

 

Fruits are very important and should eaten everyday to keep and protect the body from various health problems.

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